As one of the most beautiful vacation spots in Indonesia, Bintan Island offers numerous picturesque beaches, mouthwatering cuisines, interesting culture, and many more. But before you visit this beautiful island, there are things that you need to know to make sure your trip here is fun and you will get to explore Bintan to your heart's content. Here are some things to take note of before you come to visit Bintan Island.
What time is it?
When traveling to a different country, it's important to know the time difference of that country compared to your home. Bintan Island shares the same time zone as Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, which is on the GMT+7. This makes Bintan Island one hour behind Singapore time.
Bintan has A Warm Tropical Weather
Bintan Island is a tropical paradise. With the temperature ranging between 27 to 33 degrees Celcius (80.6 - 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit), The weather in Bintan is generally sunny with dry and calm weather. Late March to early November is the perfect time to spend your day under the perfectly warm sunlight at the beach.
Bring Some Cash With You
Even though most places in Bintan Resorts accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards, Bintan is still pretty much a cash-based society, especially in areas beyond resort grounds. Therefore, it is a good idea to prepare some cash if you are planning to explore Bintan. The currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (Rp). If you need to exchange your money, there are several money changer services available in the Bintan Resorts area.
Learn A Few Indonesian Phrases
Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Indonesia. Even though simple English is widely used throughout Bintan Resorts area, it is a good idea to learn a few basic Indonesian phrases like how to say "thank you", "excuse me" especially if you are planning to venture out the resorts area. People from Bintan and Indonesian, in general, are super friendly, and they would appreciate it if you express your eagerness to use Bahasa Indonesia. Learning a new language is the bread and butter of visiting foreign countries anyway, so might as well go all out and have some fun learning Bahasa Indonesia.
Cuisines in Bintan especially traditional foods are typically spicy and rich in flavor. Traditional food like rendang, gulai, and many others have a variety of spices in their ingredients. Thus making them the right choice for those who carve strong-flavored cuisines. But if you are someone who has sensitive taste buds and looking for something lighter, you don't have to worry since Bintan Island has a whole lot of food variety for everyone's taste including mouthwatering seafood and snacks. There is even a traditional pizzeria owned by an Italian family located in the Trikora Coast. If you are interested to visit the Pizza Casa Italia, join our tour here.